Tourist Tip #140 / Festival of Classic European Movies in Israel

The screening of ten movies in Israel’s three major cities is a chance to see some of Europe’s classic films in all their glory.

Israel and the European Union don’t always see eye-to-eye when it comes to politics, but they more often manage to collaborate culturally. The most recent case in point is Another Look: The Restored European Film Project, a festival where ten movies are being screened at the Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem Cinematheques through the end of the month.

Another Look’s founders aim to raise awareness in Israel of classic European cinema and of the processes used to restore these films so that they can be screened well into the future. They also want to highlight “cinema’s ability to forge a human connection” – in this case, between Israelis and Europeans – through the moving image. The Another Look organization collaborated with local European embassies to bring over refurbished, high-quality digital versions of films from France, Italy, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland and Spain.

Organizers split the ten films, created between 1935 and 1981, into two categories of five films apiece. One category titled “Band of Brothers: Defining a Community in Europe” focuses on European efforts to achieve solidarity and as unification as well as the ensuing problems. The other set falls under the header “From the Mouth of Babes,” and sheds light on the continent’s disgruntled youth.

The festival’s highlights include the Portuguese entry, “Aniki Bobo,” which the organizers say reveals “the sad truths of adulthood through the lens of childhood” and “Jadup and Boel,” which Haaretz critic Uri Klein called one of the most daring films produced in East Germany. It was banned there and only made it to the big screen in 1988, seven years after it was completed.

The festival, which ends January 29, is a great opportunity for cinephiles of all stripes to enjoy these classics on a scale bigger than their flat-screen TVs.

For more information and tickets, go to: http://www.anotherlook.co.il.

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